Rook by Stella MacDonald – Blog Tour Interview & $25 Giveaway

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Could you be the monster to save who you love?

Two women, separated by generations, must leave what they know to start a new life. Seventeen-year-old Kate’s senior year is ruined when she’s moved from the only home she’s ever known. After an isolating month alone in her apartment, school starts, but neither her classmates nor her teacher are who they seem. Kali, a single mother living in the nineteenth century wilds of Montana, is stalked by a malicious past. She fights to keep her daughter safe while her freedom is threatened by her less than benevolent benefactor. Both find love, and with it hope, but that is quickly ripped away as one woman must learn the lessons of the other — before it’s too late to save either.


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Praise for Rook:

“This book also drew me in. I couldn’t let go of what was happening and when life intervened and forced me to close my computer I kept looking for a few moments to sit down and read some more.” Brookeworm, a Blog 4 Stars

“Rook had me hooked from the first page. It all started so mysteriously that I just had to know what it was all about. “ Jannat Bhat, Obsessive Compulsive Reader 4 Stars

“Rook is an amazing story that had me at the edge of my seat.” Tee Loves Kyle Jacobson Blog, 5 Stars



Is that him? Is he back?

My legs jerked, kicking and twitching me around to face the sound. I managed to roll slightly, knocking against a soft, solid object at my feet. It grunted weakly, and immediately I recoiled as though I had been bitten. Squinting, I stared, willing my eyes to find light in the dark, but there was nothing.

The sound of the runner drew closer, as if they would trample me any moment. A dim, swaying light appeared through the trees, burning away the inky edges of the deep shadows. When light and sound were almost upon me, branches above me snapped, spraying me in a shower of dried pine needles and snow.

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PawnsPawns (Timeless Games Short Story)

Leslie, the fifteen-year-old red-haired spitfire, starts life the daughter of nameless, uncaring parents. Abandoned at the side of the road, she stands shivering, with no skills beyond knowing how to pace her way through weeks of starvation. A group of runaways take her in, led by a particularly charming, strange boy. They take her in, giving her a chance at a new start with a full belly and a place to sleep – but nothing comes for free. How will she survive her new life, with her options slowly disappearing as this fateful night wears on?




Monica MAuthor Stella MacDonald

Stella is a married graduate student with three boys. Utah is home right now, but the need to wander has extended beyond the fantasy world of writing and into real life. She’s lived all around the US and even into the Middle East. The world is really a small place, only made bigger through imagination.


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If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

Past… don’t think the future is set enough that there’s a future to go to.  But the past… there’s something real and tangible that I’d love to see.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Extreme Moose Tracks – and if its the Mint variety, that’s even better!

One food you would never eat?

Lobster.  They are the cockroaches of the sea, so… ew.

Any other books in the works?  Goals for future projects?

I finished a short story, Pawns, which is up on Amazon, and most of the first draft of book 2 – of course then the work really gets started!

What inspired you to want to become a writer?

I’ve always written, but never was brave enough to put myself out there.  I spent several months speaking Arabic in the Middle East, and after that experience, I feel like I can do anything!

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

“Readers” were a group of people that scared me.  They were a faceless bunch who probably would never like anything I wrote.  But then, I started getting reviews and fan emails, and I came to realize they were all just like me! I have loved connecting with my readers.

What is your favorite Quote?

“Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” Not sure who said it – I just heard it somewhere.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?

Sandra Bullock – because she is quirky, doesn’t take herself too seriously, and seems to love falling down all the time in her roles – I am painfully clumsy!

Hidden talent?

My parents bought a piano when I was a senior in high school.  I sat down, and found I could write music pretty naturally.

Favorite Candy?

Dove Bars – but only because they don’t have Galaxy Bars in this country (Ah, I miss Jordan.)

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?

February’s Lego Movie.  It looks awesome, and we’re going with a bunch of friends and all their kids.  We’re probably going to fill up three rows.



How do you react to a bad review?

Same way I do to when someone doesn’t like me.  There’s seven billion people in this world, and someone is bound to not like me.  Many do and those are who I focus on.

What’s your favorite season/weather?

Fall/Spring – about equal.

Finish the sentence – one book I wish I had written is…

Well, Harry Potter, of course.  J.K. Rowling is a genius.

Favorite smell?

Lilacs – reminds me of my grandma’s back yard.

Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?

Small, thoughtful gifts.  The expensive stuff I can get myself when I can afford it, but I can never buy someone’s thoughtful consideration.

Pets? – childhood or adult

I have a couple labs and a great dane puppy.  That puppy is my velcro baby – he comes with me wherever I go.  They know him by name at my 7-11 where I get coffee.

Favorite place you’ve been and/or would like to go

My favorite place was Acaba in Jordan.  It is on the Red Sea and absolutely beautiful.  I’d like to go to Europe next, although I’ll be in China this spring with my Master’s Program.

About how long does it take to write a book?

Book 1 took about 3 months, plus another 4 for editing.  Book 2 was almost done in a month, though I haven’t started editing.


Blog Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 1/24/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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  1. I love this blog, it’s the best books blog ever!

  2. I have to compliment you on the cover design. It really is beautiful.

  3. Meagan M. Greenan Liani says:

    I’m happy to have heard of Stella MacDonald- her books sound amazing! I’m lovin’ this quote as well: The world is really a small place, only made bigger through imagination. 🙂 🙂 Really well-put. 🙂

  4. jazzi cole says:

    awesome giveaway thank you so much

  5. Congrats to Stella on the new release…and have you heard this one: “Is it cold enough for ya ??????”

  6. Lindsey Beech says:

    My fav ice cream is dryer’s chocolate peanut butter.

  7. Vennie M. says:

    Right now it’s so bitter cold here that I love my heater and my sweater!

  8. carlrscott says:

    Hey Stella, lobster’s delicious, you should try it, really.

  9. lkish77123 says:

    I ,live in the place with good weather. It’s only 68 right now, cool today. But it’s cold at night (for here).

  10. Anita Yancey says:

    Both books sound really good. I love the covers on both of them. Thanks for having this great giveaway.

  11. In New England it’s in the 20’s today. Tonight hot coco and a hot meal. Have a nice day.

  12. ugh weather sucks its like 10 degrees and sleeting

  13. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I love Twilight and I would love to read this book.

  14. Melissa Morr says:

    Thanks for the giveaway

  15. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Book sounds like an interesting read.. mystery!

  16. It’s no snow in my country.This book is nice!

  17. Katiria Rodriguez says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway these book looks and sounds great!

  18. sherry butcher says:

    If I win I could buy books on Amazon! Sound really good to me.

  19. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. steve weber says:

    Congrats on the release.. hope I’m the winner.

  21. Aline Tobing says:

    Blurb sounds intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  22. Kayla Brown says:

    This is my favorite book blog by far

  23. lavendersbluegreen says:

    Both books sound intriguing. So were you or your family in the military?

  24. This is a new book to me so thank you for the post 🙂

  25. I’m looking forward to a great read.

  26. This sounds like a great read!

  27. sarahmarie jerome says:

    I love to listen to music n do giveaways…

  28. That’s was a great interview. This blog and Mrs. MacDonald have a new fan!

  29. Fiona White says:

    The weather is strange but books make the world better place :))

  30. One of the best book covers out there!. Gorgeous and lovely colors on them. Nice reading the interview. Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Good Luck to all!

  32. My favorite snack is potato chips. I could eat them all day!

  33. I love finding new authors!! =D

  34. My favorite snack is rice crispy treats. 🙂

  35. While the weather outside is frightful…… I’m grateful for the chance 🙂

  36. I’m already wishing for spring.

  37. yarnaddicted says:

    Love the great interview, thanks for posting!
    Kim Reid